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Barry Shannon, MSW, PSCW

  • Accepting New Patients
  • Position: Behavorial Health Counselor
  • Additional Specialty: Counselor
  • Gender: Male

About Barry

Provisionally Licensed Clinical Social Worker Barry Shannon has a passion for working with Veterans and adults (over the age of 18 years old) who are working through traumatic events.

“Through my experiences, I understand that trauma goes further than broken bones, scars, or other physical ailments. Often the mental side of trauma takes longer to heal and impacts your life further than the time it takes to heal a physical injury—the mental pain takes longer to heal than the physical pain,” says Barry.

Barry has always had a passion for helping people. “When my mom initially became an Emergency Medical Technician, it sparked more of an interest in pursuing a career in health care and have been working in healthcare ever since I was 18 years old,” he says.

A 2001 graduate of Campbell County High School, Barry joined the United States Army in 2004, and served as a Healthcare NCO in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 2008, and returned to Gillette. He initially took a job with Campbell County Health Emergency Medical Services because of the medical background he earned in the military. “I wanted to serve the civilian sector in the same capacity as I served the military sector,” he says.

In 2019, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Barry took a job with CCH Case Management as a Case Manager with Behavioral Health Services, and in 2022 after graduating with his Master of Social Work, he became the Inpatient Social Worker for BHS. He is now excited to offer his services on the outpatient side as a counselor, and is currently seeing new patients.

Barry has experienced—on multiple levels professionally and personally—behavioral health emergencies, and says he believes that he understands more intimately what people go through. Coupled with a love of psychology, he says that he felt like he had the experience and interest in helping people through personal struggles and mental health issues—especially when it comes to veterans.

With a straight-talk approach, Barry helps clients address the symptoms and feelings that are created by traumatic events with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT Therapy).

“We can never erase the trauma that has happened to us, but we can use these to strengthen ourselves and move forward in a productive manner,” he says.

When Barry is not seeing clients, he enjoys spending time with family, riding his Harley, leatherwork, tinkering in his shop, and camping. He has three children—Braydon, Morgan and Kagen—and is happily married to Felicia, who brings home multiple rescue animals (mostly dogs) as fosters, who then become loved members of the family.

  • Paramedic Certification 2011
  • College
  • Healthcare Specialist United States Army Medical Department Center and School
    San Antonio, TX
  • Associate of Science Gillette College
    Gillette, WY
  • Bachelor of Science University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY
  • Masters of Social Work Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA